January 31, 2010 - State of the Union introduces trade ideas

By National Association of Wheat Growers, President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address, given Wednesday, contained an unexpected defense of trade and a renewed commitment to the trade agenda that wheat growers hope portend more aggressive action in this policy area.In a passage about creating jobs and maintaining […]

January 30, 2010 - Oregon Dungeness crab season sprints into the new year

By Oregon Department of Ag. One month of decent weather and good fishing has carried Oregon’s Dungeness crab fishery into the new year with a boat load of momentum. In just four weeks following the crab season’s opening, Oregon crabbers have harvested about 15.6 million pounds. Last season’s entire eight-and-a-half […]

January 29, 2010 - Century Farm-Ranch Award and Sesquicentennial Awards Open

2010 Century Farm & Ranch Award Applications and 2010 Sesquicentennial Award Applications Are Now Available By Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation (Salem, Or) – Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 award year of the Century Farm & Ranch Program, a statewide recognition program honoring farmers and ranchers who have […]

January 28, 2010 - Greg Walden: Global Warming and the SEC fiasco?

Walden, Barton ask SEC Chair Schapiro to explain how global warming action plan improves safety, security for investors SEC: Never mind Madoff;What are we doing about global warming? From Greg Walden, WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Greg Walden, (R-OR)., ranking member of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and Joe Barton, […]

January 27, 2010 - US Transportation Dept. fax scam hits NW

By Washington State Nursery and Landscaping Association WSNLA has learned that an identify fraud scheme is targeting landscape firms. A firm receives a fax that says it is from the United States Department of Transportation and that the Department requires certain information in order to qualify the firm as a […]

January 26, 2010 - February Session: Water Update, Permanent Sessions

By Helen Moore, Water for Life, Since Oregon became a state in 1859, the Oregon Legislature has met on a biennial basis in accordance with specific provisions set forth in the Oregon Constitution. However, in 2007, the Legislature decided that it should move to a system of annual legislative sessions. […]

January 25, 2010 - Congressman Baird Announces NW Green Jobs Grant

Baird Announces Green Jobs Grant for Southwest Congressman Brian Baird, Washington D.C. – Congressman Brian Baird is pleased to announce today that the U.S. Department of Labor awarded $5,000,000 in grant funding to the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership for its proposed Renewable Northwest (ReNW) Energy Training Partnership program. The ReNW […]

January 24, 2010 - New Senator steps up to oppose EPA plan

Lincoln’s Support Key to Reining in Regulations By American Farm Bureau Federation WASHINGTON, D.C, January 21, 2010 – Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) announced today that she would co-sponsor a resolution to disapprove the Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. Lincoln’s […]

January 23, 2010 - Gathering Push for Sodium Reduction in Food

By Guest Blogger Tyler Anderson Stoel Rives LLP, Attorneys at Law The issue of sodium content in food has been a hot topic in recent months, as our own Ken Odza has blogged about in reporting on the class action lawsuits filed against Denny’s in New Jersey and Illinois. Now […]

January 22, 2010 - Sneak Peek into Legislative Natural Resource Bills

Here is a sample of some of the Natural Resource Bills that are being proposed for the February Legislative Session. Senate Bill 1036 Reauthorizes establishment of guest ranches on land zoned for exclusive farm use in eastern Oregon. Deems guest ranches established under sunsetted law to be conforming use under […]